Mel Gibson, known for his directing skills, delivers a brilliantly executed film in Apocalypto. The film showcases the daily life of the ancient Mayan civilization, which is interrupted by a warrior tribe looking for slaves.
Jaguar Pou, the protagonist, manages to hide his pregnant wife and son and is captured during the defense of his tribe. The film takes us on an adventure and chase where the lives of several people depend on Jaguar’s success.
Apocalypto (2006) Movie Review
Director: Mel Gibson
Writers: Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia
Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández
Release date: December 8, 2006 (USA)
Gibson’s effort to present the civilization and the era in which they lived is noticeable, and the use of the original language of the tribe adds to the authenticity of the film. While some viewers criticize the historical inaccuracies, it does not diminish the quality of the project as it aimed to show a brutal story that took place in an under-explored area to the average Hollywood viewer.
The film is known for its excessive violence, but it is closely related to the culture being described. The lush nature and unusual language add to the exoticism and persuasiveness of the film, with great costumes and makeup with numerous tattoos and decorations on the body fitting perfectly. The superb sound and music, along with the performances of relatively unknown actors of Indian origin, add to the quality of the film, as confirmed by the Oscar nominations in the categories of best make-up, best sound editing, and best sound mix.
Apocalypto is full of parallels with the modern world, showcasing the societal classes of poor, unhappy people, modest but happy hunters, and rich priests and rulers who keep the people in ignorance and rule unhindered. Jaguar represents a fighter for good, while the Spanish ship symbolizes that even from the strong, there is always someone stronger.
According to a viewer, “Apocalypto” is a masterpiece of film art. A timeless story with a timeless message, a supreme adventure, and the reality of the situation, evoked to the smallest detail, make two hours of film fly before our eyes, sincerely cheering for the main actor to succeed in his intention.
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